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South Beach (Alexa & Holly #1)

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What more could two girls want? Try the same guy.


On a trip to a place where anything can happen -- and does -- two ex-best friends discover that a chance encounter can lead to the chance of a lifetime.

HOLLY: Dream date or bad fate? She wants true love--and a break from her strict parents. Perhaps a spring
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Tiny Pants
The incredibly cheesy cover does not exactly draw one in. And yet, I read this in one sitting, and it was honestly pretty good. I mean, there are cheesy bits and they're drunk like, the entire time, but I actually found it to be very lively and the characters to actually be somewhat endearing and relatable.

I think the thing I liked most about it was the overall conceit of the plot, which is that these two girls were friends in grade school, but then the one girl became really popular and dropped
Ariel Miller
Nov 12, 2015 Ariel Miller rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing it was all mostly about a long friendship bad relationships and excitement. The genre of this book was relastic fiction because this girl named Alexa had just broke up with her boyfriend and her friends have all gone to their spring break locations so she calls up her old bestfriend from middle school and ends up going to south beach with her and experment some crazy things in south beach.Spoiler alert Holly ends up dating her best friends boyfriend. The setting of the book ...more
Nov 14, 2010 Jamie rated it liked it
Totally craptacular slightly predictable dishy summer read. Both of the characters go through believable changes, AND for the most part Friedman NAILS South Beach! (the thinly veiled Clevelander, AKA Ohio's, cracked me up - from the jerky bouncers to the drunken fratboys, yep, that's the Clevelander)

However, there's no Boardwalk on the part of South Beach where the girls are visiting. But that's OK.

♥!♥Rusvely Peguero
May 19, 2008 ♥!♥Rusvely Peguero rated it it was amazing

Jul 20, 2008 Scribs rated it did not like it
This book was so superficial, I felt sick reading it. The main character sells out and almost sleeps with a guy after getting drunk. Honestly, is this what girls are reading now? There is such a need for quality YA out there!
Jul 26, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
This was a good book to read while at poolside and I found it hard to put down. Didn't expect the end though which was good. Quick read and a change of writing for myself.
Kali F.
Nov 19, 2007 Kali F. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the summer boys, clique or gossip girl books.
This book was exelent. Amiee is a very good writer and uses descriptive writing very well. I would recomend this book!
Apr 17, 2008 Juckle_spuckle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 8th grade and up
Recommended to Juckle_spuckle by: nobody
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May 30, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
Good summer read! Perfect by the pool!
Book -O-Holic
Jul 27, 2016 Book -O-Holic rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned

This was not for me. It's not because of my age. I read plenty of fluffy teen books even though I am 25. But this was just really bad. Alexa was annoying, Tyler had no depth and Diego felt too forced! Holly was the only redeeming factor even she had her wtf moments. Every annoying trope was here - insta-love, Love triangle, virgin being almost an idiot prude where as the promiscious girl was over-confident and plain annoying. The good and bad and the prude is still good but the slut reali
Jan 17, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
This best-selling novel is about a 16-year-old Alexa who is looking for a little excitement in her life. She is tired of her boyfriend Tyler, who she find naive, safe, and entirely too nice, So then Alexa breaks up with him and cancels their spring break plans, but then afterwards she's Shocked to find herself now with no place to go for break. And so then she calls up her old best friend Holly. The girls decide to hit South Beach, Florida and try to revive their friendship. Their trip is barely ...more
Allie Alfonso
Dec 26, 2011 Allie Alfonso rated it did not like it
In an attempt to read the books on the shelf from my teen years, I decided to tackle the first book in the three story series by Aimee Friedman. When I was younger, I recall really enjoying this book, but since growing up a few years more, I found this book nearly impossible to get through. The story is about two sixteen year old girls on a spring break vacation in South Beach. The story line is predictable and overly dramatic, much of what happened seeming impossible for two barely-legal girls ...more
Jun 26, 2010 Rachael rated it really liked it
Spring break is approaching and neither Alexa St. Laurent not her former best friend Holly Jacobson have plans. For Holly, this is nothing new since her super strict parents rarely let her go anywhere, but for Alexa, this is a complete and utter social disaster. Never one to admit defeat, Alexa concocts a plan with Holly, and before they know it, they’re off to South Beach in Florida. Rooming together is a little awkward since the girls are so different. Alexa, a partier by nature, is afraid shy ...more
Michelle Arrow
Jan 19, 2014 Michelle Arrow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit

I really expected the worst with this series- it really sounded cheesy and probably would have been repetitive often. I actually found it to be really good- fun and the perfect summer read, but you know, I was sitting here in the cold, gloomy sparks of the winter, what could I say!

I read some good reviews and some bad reviews on this one, and I didn't know who to trust. The Goodreads Average Rating is pretty high and average. Aimee Friedman really created a fun book, I don't know why the whole t
Jun 11, 2009 Amy added it
I love this book! This book is about how these 2 friend name Holly and Alexa. Alexa broke up with her boyfriend so during spring break she had no where to go, she went to ask her ex-friend Holly if she can hangout with her during spring break. It was awkward at first but throughout the book, they got really close to each other. I love how their friendship grow throughout the book! It remind me of how my friend and i end our friendship and we became friend again during the summer too. Ending a fr ...more
Shankia Tinsley
Jul 07, 2013 Shankia Tinsley rated it liked it
It's been a while since I read a teen drama story, and South Beach was the perfect "first time in a long time" teaser for me. Even though at some points I felt like I was reading an adult novel what with all of the raunchy and intimate scenes, I must say that I enjoyed this book; I even found myself laughing aloud in some instances, which is always a plus for a person who doesn't care much for comical things.

I'm still questioning whether or not I will read the rest of the series, given teen dram
Jun 18, 2012 Victoria rated it liked it
the book was okay. I mean, the story line was pretty weak, but the interesting details got me through it. I foundd the book a little boring because it was all based on this little childhood romance. And then, with all of that love at first sight stuff, it wasn't really interesting. I was just thinking while I read it about how many times I've heard that before and how it's so old. But, I mean, the book is old, so it's probably not the author's fault, considering it was written in 2005. If I'd re ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Shelbys rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Its about teens in today life, growing up, and meeting boys. Although most teenagers today arent rich with many, many, credit cards, who can just fly to wherever they want whenever they want. Alexa (the main character) lives the life of a celeberty switiching roles between the best-friend and the girl-friend. In the end she finally realizes that she needs to be a best-friend and a good loyal girl-friend to the "love of her life". The book kinda gave some interesting t ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Kiara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I thought this book was very intriguing and cute. I enjoyed the partying and classic boy switcharoo!
Jun 07, 2015 Shebu rated it really liked it
A light summer read.
Jun 04, 2010 ..Fifi... rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book last summer and LOVED it...its totally a summer book...the way they desccribe Miami makes you want to visit Miami...and I live in Miami already...:D...the story is really good and took a twist as far as who ends up with who...I kinda predictated who was going to end up with whom, but still it was good...great story for a teenager...and I TOTALLY recommend it...really fun book...

P.S. Miami is as great as they describe it...:D...
Jul 28, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it
South Beach is a light, fluffy beach read. And that's not a negative thing. While I enjoyed it (and could relate at times to both main characters- like Alexa I also dumped a friend when I thought she was still babyish but that's about the only time.), it is not as good as Sea Change or The Year my Sister Got Lucky, which are also by Aimee Friedman.
I look forward to reading more about Alexa & Holly.
Feb 09, 2016 Brittany rated it liked it
A good YA read.
Apr 27, 2008 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Sure this book may be super predictable, but I loved it anyways! It was written really well, and I loved how you could get into both of the characters heads. It had a good plot - Spring Break! Another good thing was how you could actually see the two girls becoming good friends again. And the whole boy swap thing was a good plot twist!
Aug 02, 2014 Kristi rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a teenager. I dont remember much about it now. I just remember that it was a really good book. I really enjoyed it then.
Mar 18, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! Having two girls who used to be friends spend spring break together was a genius idea. It was funny because they have two completely different personalities. In the end, they both had a good time, which I thought was awesome! I look forward to reading the next book.
Feb 19, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book was amazing! I was in the library, and saw the cover. I took it off the shelf and read the back. I decided to read it, and I'm glad I did. This book was so good! I love how two ex friends come together and spend time together again. This series needs to be more popular!
Nov 13, 2010 Bailey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teen girls
I loved this book! It was really good. Aimee Friedman wrote it in a really great way so that you can get into both the main characters heads (and not the way authors normally switch between characters throughout diffrent chapters).I would defiantly recommend any teen to read it.
Shyann C
Apr 28, 2014 Shyann C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
graciela ceballos
omg.Thiz book is wut a teen would like 2 go throught iz mad fun.....thiz 2 gurlz go 2 a resolt faraway frm they crib 1 ask her momz permission but the other gurl went wit out her parents permission...they meet hot cuties and do fun
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Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children's book editor, a job she still doe ...more
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